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  • Marcus V

    Actually, better pre-collegiate math education would better serve, here. There is something to be said for getting kids into the right curricula to match their talents, but there’s also something to be said for boosting their talents in the first place.

    Especially in mathematics– the real problem in the excerpt above– the American pre-collegiate system falls down terribly, and the quality of education especially in math and the sciences is a national embarrassment.

    I may be moderately skeptical about the quality and credentials that CourseRA can deliver. I’m much more optimistic about hybrid education at the college level. But for the rote mechanics of (especially) arithmetic, algebra, and calculus drills? I have nothing but wild enthusiasm. The only problems are political.

    Softer subjects may be a little different. I’m not so sanguine about history, for instance, and I lack the expertise in teaching reading and writing to have an informed opinion. But places like Khan Academy or sophisticated adaptive homework/drilling software that will not relent until a concept is understood, which patiently provides hints, explanations, and points the students toward a variety of video lectures?

    Bring. It. On.

  • teapartydoc

    Maybe this one won’t hit on students.

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